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powerful, even riveting testimony from gabby giffords and her instruction to our committee, the judiciary committee and congress itself, to be bold, to be courageous, because america is counting on you. and the call to action that came from newtown is for better enforcement of existing laws but also new laws that will enable better enforcement. we can have common ground with mr. lapierre that better enforcement of existing laws is necessary, but that leads in my view inevitably for the call for more background checks on the 40% of all firearms purchases that right now are within the exemption of the gun show loophole and private sale and background checks on ammunition purchases. background checks, for example, and other sensible measures like stronger action against trafficking and straw purchases and including a ban on assault weapons are within the common ground that i think we ought to try to establish here. >> senator, for those just joining us, we have been keeping the coverage live going this morning of what's been taking place there on the hill with you and your colleagues. for th
hill. especially when a very well-known survivor of gun violence, gabby giffords, came forward to deliver her own remarks. and yet during the hearing, we learned of another shooting. this one in arizona. a workplace, one gunman, three shooting victims, one fatal. we begin tonight with this emotional issue. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the passion so deep, this hearing was packed, included many families and survivors, victims of other shootings. and it was a group of people asking congress to do something, and that is the cause that changed the life of former congresswoman, gabby giffords, and brought her back to washington today. her gift of speech is a distant memory, said husband mark kelly. yet gabby giffords' halting words. >> too many children. >> reporter: here as a survivor of the tucson assassination attempt that left her partially blind and partially paralyzed. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: giffords and kelly, both gun owners, want congress to expand background checks to gun shows and p
. kelly is the husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords who survived an assassination attempt. coming up why kelly is saying this is not about the second amendment. >>> bp has been ordered to pay $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for the 2010 gulf oil spill. a federal judge in new orleans approved the plea deal yesterday. it's the largest criminal penalty in u.s. history. the company faces billions of dollars more in civil penalties. >>> the state of california is expected to fine chevron today for the richmond refinery explosion last august. that fire sent heavy smoke in the air. making some 15,000 people sick. cal osha oversees -- show on paid $10 million so far. the company hopes to return the refinery up to speed by march. >>> time now 5:04. new this morning in less than two months from right now, toll takers on the golden gate bridge will be replaced. ktvu claudine wong is at the golden gate bridge toll plaza right now where a new automated is is being tested today. good morning, claudine. >> reporter: that is right, dave, good morning. testing is under way right
also hear, gabby giffords, his wife, the former congresswoman may also make a statement. what do you want to hear in there today? >> well i think we've all believed for a long time there is, there is something that can be done, particularly in the area of background checks. we want to make sure that the criminals don't have access to guns. and those who are not, in a mental state, to have guns, they shouldn't have them. there are things that we can do there to broaden background checks that currently happen. so i hope that that's where we can make some progress the. martha: you don't hear that much about the mental equation here. who is really pushing for that out there and making their their priority in this discussion? >> well, there have been talks about that. it's a difficult, difficult, nut to crack. it really is. but, i got to make some progress there. i think that is where, like i say, if you want to really impact gun violence, that's where you can make a difference. martha: all right. senator flake, thank you. you have a busy day ahead. we appreciate you being with us, sir. t
: very interesting. mark kelly and gabby giffords, his wife, they are both gun owners. kelly told me he considered joining the nra but he never got around to it. he also told me that when it comes to his testimony here, he's going to be sitting at one side of the witness table, wayne lapierre of the nra at the other. he hopes that they can have a conversation that can really start to do something. two staunch supporters of the second amendment, two very different views on guns. >> they're god-given freedoms. they belong to us. in the united states of america, as our birthright. no government gave them to us and no government can ever take them away. >> i defended the second amendment flying in combat over iraq and kuwait. you know, defending our country. gabby owns a gun, i own a gun, this really isn't only about the second amendment. >> reporter: these will be the star witnesses at congress's first hearing on guns since newtown. mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords who survived a gunshot through the head, six people died in the attack. the couple are gun owners th
are now hearing former congresswoman gabby giffords will be one of the witnesses at the hearing. you will remember, she survived being shot in the head during an assassination attempt at a mass shooting that killed six other people. coming up at 6:15 during the hearing this morning the national rifle association is expected to get some pretty tough questions from one senator imparticular. >>> state of california is expected to fine chevron today for that richmond refinery explosion last august. cal osha oversees workers safety. it's expected to release the results of its investigation and release fines. company hopes to return the refinery up to speed by march. >>> your time is 6:05. new this morning the toll takers on the golden gate bridge will soon be replaced and today they are testing out a new automated system. claudine wong is out there. just talked to the officials on the district on why they are changing the system and how it's going. >> reporter: the changes are coming. take a look at what is happening right now. you can see toll takers in place. you've got your typical tol
. >>> powerful plea. gun violence forever altered her life. gabby giffords with her emotional speech. >>> and a boy dashes on to the court right in the middle of a college basketball game. >>> good thursday morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm rob nelson. we begin with the wicked weather that unleashed two dozen tornadoes on the south and the west. flipping cars, trucks, even a moving freight train. >> that storm is trejing up the east coast this morning. and big cities, d.c. and new york are getting drenched. abc's tahman bradley has the latest on the storm blamed, now, for at least two deaths. >> reporter: wicked weather lashed parts of the midwest and south, heavy flooding, dangerous winds and monster tornadoes. look at these images north of atlanta. >> a funnel north of the interstate. >> reporter: a tornado with winds estimated over 120 miles per hour, demolished homes, office buildings and wiped out parts of a factory. >> it picked me up and flinged me three times. trying to get that door closed. >> i had to dig my way out. >> i thought it killed my son in the bedroom in there
witness, former congresswoman and shooting victim, gabby giffords left with the aid of her husband, who hardly sounded confident. you can they can get a bill passed? yet another sign the fate of gun control won't be settled at a hearing. >> nancy robinson is executive director. matt, let me start with you. pretty interesting about face by the nra and probably surprising a lot of people watching, but tell me why you don't think background checks, a universal background check is going to work? >> first of all, has there ever been a worse spokesman? seriously. i like the 98 version better. the idea it's a panecea, if you look at the three most recent high profile examples, the roar area shooter purchased guns legally. the only example where a background check might have changed things is in tucson, but we don't even know. it's a counterfactual if you couldn't have bought a gun legally, he would have found it some other way. >> first, even now, we've got limited checks. there's all these loopholes. department of justice says 1.9 million applications to buy guns were rejected. people were co
's jennifer davis has more now. >> you must act. >> reporter: former congresswoman gabby giffords makes an emotional appeal for tougher gun laws. speaking haltingly two years after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt that killed six. >> too many children are dieing. too many children. >> reporter: giffords made her dramatic surprise appearance at congress's first hearing on gun controlness is the newtown massacre. the white house and many democrats are pushing ifer re- enstating the assault weapon's game limiting the ammunition magazines to 10 rounds and mandating universal background checks to close the so-called gun show loophole. >> the best way to stop a bad guy from getting the gun in the first place is a good background check. >> reporter: the head of the nra said more school security and mental health resources are what is really needed, adding his group opposes expanding background check. >> law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. >> reporter: this clearly highlighted vastly different and emotional views on
control debate with a dramatic appeal from shooting victim gabby giffords. the former arizona congresswoman helped to the witness table by her husband, mark kelly. gifford spoke just 80 words during her time at the mike. she said too many children are dying because of gun violence. and she called on lawmakers to do something. >> it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold. be courageous. americans are counting on you. >> after that, kelly argued for better background checks for gun buyers. meanwhile, the head of the nra, waip la pie wayne lapierre, was there as well. he said criminals would not be impacted by them because they do not undergo background checks. after the hearing, kelly and lapierre shook hands. >> strong disagreements. good to see they did shake hands. we disagree. we did so cordially and respectfully. >> what is the answer? what is the nra putting forth as the answer? >> security in schools, armed guards at their schools. that's their answer. the famous quote. the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. that is their sta
she was doing her job. even more dramatic, gabby giffords labored yet passion nal plea for passion. >> speaking is difficult but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. >> reporter: giffords is an advocate and so is her husband mark kelly. >> a strong supporter of the second amendment as anyone on this panel. my wife would not be sitting in this seat, she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >> reporter: at the other end of the table, the other star witness with a very different perspective. >> law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals: none of it makes any sense in the real world. >> mr. lapierre, that's the point. the criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there will be a background check. we'll start them from the original purchase. you missed that point completely. and i think it's basic. >> senator, i think you -- >> order. >> reporter:
shooting in newtown, connecticut. something dramatic just happened. former congresswoman gabby giffords shock at the hearing -- smoke a the hearing calling for -- spoke at the hearing calling for lawmakers to do something. kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom. >> reporter: hi, dave. gabrielle giffords just spoke. it was very brief. we're gonna take a look at the hearing. gab -- gabrielle giffords stepped away from her my my row phone. five people are scheduled to testifying including mark kelly. giffords and kelly have been pushing for tighter gun control and they are getting help from dianne feinstein. also testifying today, wayne la pierre. he wants lawmakers to stop pushing law restrictions and deal with the mental health and school issues. gun owners fear their second amendment rights could be violated. we'll continue listening in on this hearing. we'll have testimony for you when i see you next hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> later this morning, two conservative action groups are holding a news conference right outside of senator dianne feinstein's
down. you heard mark kelly the husband of gabby gifford today suggesting the background check system was too weak on the shooter. gabby gifford herself appealed the law americas to get something that says look it's hard for me to speak but i will give you a brief portion of what she had to say. >> it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. a oo her husband said, britt, that 33 bullets were fired in 32 minutes, 33 people were hit. it was a hand gun. it was a semiautomatic hand gun but it had high capacity magazine. he would point to that situation as something that should change and would change under diane fine stein's legislation reducing magazine rounds to 10. >> maybe something like that could pass. it is still a tough sell in a lot of parts of the country. what tends to happen. you see an event like newtown tremendous imp to etus to this to restrict guns, firearms, then you see testimony of someone like gabby giffords. remarkable she is even there. she looks great. she has trouble speaking and it touches you. they gi
all the way back to aurora and going back to gabby giffords. this is the fear and the mongering they put out there. remember, lapierre said when they came out and spoke for the first time, oh, we should be having more police officers on the street. well -- and in schools. i agree with that. i would love to have more police officers in all of our communities. that alone will not solve the problem. it's got to be everything together holistically. more police, better education, certainly mental health, those are the things that we need to do. so those that want to work with us, that's great. but the nra, which they kind of gave us hints that they were willing to work with us, but now they have totally flipped and they want nothing to do with us. >> it's nothing from the nra. the nra's wayne la pierre -- we're out of time. we're going to keep this conversation up for months. you have had the experience of knowing how important it is. gabby giffords' husband, mark kelly. >> and that's the difference. other victims are now speaking up, and to see gabby yesterday and her husband by her
in one room addressing one of the biggest issues today. joining me now, a good friend of gabby giffords. welcome to you both. debby, a very, very powerful moment. not just gabby, what she said, carried huge resonance. a call to washington's politicians. this is the time you must act. what was your reaction watching your good friend? >> well, it was pride and you know my heart was full. she spoke with conviction and she was resolute and determined to use the ability that she has in her strong and clear voice. even with the bravity with her voice. the moral issue to do this for the children. >> this is a clip from today. >> we must do something. it will be hard but the time is now. you must act be bold, be courageous americans are counting on you. >> it really was incredibleably in pressive and effective and she made the point that she can't really speak that well and it reminded everyone of the hideous injury she sustained. both her and marketly are gun owners and they used to fire at an nra range. they believe that enough is enough. how do you see this playing out? is there a chaps of s
it to you >> shep: on capitol hill, gabby giffords called on americans to pass tougher gun laws. she was a surprise witness at the hear. since newtown, connecticut, that left 26 dead, giffords was a victim of gun violence herself. and she pleaded with members of congress. >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem.. too many children are dying. too many children. >> the senate committee heard testimony from people on both sides of the gun battle. and the nrs said they should prosecute laws already on the books. >> it's a national disgrace. the fact is we could dramatically cut crime in this country with guns and save lives all over if we start enforcing the federal laws on the books. i'm talking about drug dealers and felons with guns, and they're not being forced. >> a bill to ban many types of assault style weapons, and put limits on high capacity magazines. mike is on capitol hill. and the question is, how much fire power does the average american need? >> reporter: that's the question, shep, does somebody need a clip that contains 1
at 6:00, testimony on capitol hill as gabby gifford plates with congress to push new gun legislation. >> this is abc 7 news at 6:00, on your side. >> we are on storm watch tonight as heavy weather is making its way into the washington area. >> we kick off our stormwater coverage with doug hill who has the latest for us. >> this is the leading edge of
difficult it will be to get something through congress. a plea from former congresswoman gabby giffords who was shot in the head in 2011 during a shooting in arizona. >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> reporter: president obama, who met with giffords tuesday, has promised action on the issue. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: putting forth proposals that include an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and the measure that is seen as most likely to go somewhere, background checks on all gun purchases, including private sales by owners. but there is resistance from gun rights advocates. wayne lapierre, the head of the nra, says the federal government is not enforcing its existing gun laws effectively and the answer is not more gun laws. >> none of it makes any sense in the real world. >> mr. lapierre, that's the point. the criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there
for stricter gun laws will be mark kelly. husband of former congresswoman gabby give -- giffords. >>> this morning two conservative action groups are holding press conference outside of senator dianne feinstein san francisco office. the western representation pack is teaming up with the women's warrior pack. >>> president obama says now is the time to fix the country's broken immigration laws. >> if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away. >> in a speech in las vegas yesterday, the president praised the bipartisan group of senators who unvailed an immigration reform bill on monday. it's similar to the one announced by the senators but has a more direct pass to citizenship. >>> santa clara county will focus on health care and gun violence. ken outlined his top priorities during his state of the county crease. as part of president obama's affordable health care act, he wants to tackle issues such as childhood obesity, hiv and consolidating mental health. he also hopes to create a g
. no question former congresswoman gabby giffords was a star witness. her husband who is with her says she partially blind now and has lost her gift for speech but she still managed to deliver her most extensive remarks since the shooting two years ago. still struggling to walk and talk after a gunshot wound to the head former congresswoman gabby giffords had the room riveted as she urged congress to address gun violence. >> too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> reporter: on the other side the ceo of the national rifle association, wayne lapierre who argued new gun laws are unnecessary. >> they don't hit the elites they don't hit the criminal they hit the average, hard-working tax paying american. >> reporter: most republicans on the committee agreed. >> i have a hard time telling my constituents in texas that congress is looking at passing a whole raft of new laws when the laws we currently have on the books are so woefully unenforced. >> reporter: the hearing touched on many of the measures congress is considering including strengtheni
, former congresswoman gabby giffords was the star witness at yesterday's hearing. her husband says she is partially blind now and has lost her gift for speech but she still managed to deliver her speech. still struggling to walk and talk after a gunshot wound to the hud, gabby giffords had the room riveted as she delivered her address. >> too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. >> on the other side, the ceo of the national rifle association, wayne lapierre, who argued new gun laws are unnecessary. >> they don't hit the elites, they don't hit the criminal. they hit the average hard-working tax-paying american. >> most republicans on the committee agree. >> i have a hard time telling my constituents in texas that congress is looking at passing a whole new raft of laws when the laws currently on the books are so woefully unenforced. >> the hearing touched on many measures congress is considering including strengthening background checks for gun buyers, lilting high capacity magazines and limitibanning ass weapons. even for some like patrick leahy -- >> americ
. >>> a face-off between the nra and the husband of gabby giffords. details on today's showdown on capit capitol hill. >> and not again. baseball's alex rodriguez denies doping zblagss and we take you to super bowl media. >>> but we begin with this morning's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> severe storms rip through the south. >> a tornado tore through mississippi. >> two other twisters touched down in arkansas and missouri. large parts of the country are bracing for more. >> today the senate will hold its first sheeting on gun violence since the shooting in newtown, connecticut. >> the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that bans on aseattle weapons are not enough. >> police stand off with a suspected gunman. they say he shot a school bus driver and then took a child. >> the report accuses a-rod of buying human growth hormone and other substances from a miami clinic. >> a hero soldier now recovering after receiving a double arm transplant. >> i really don't know what to say because it's just such a big thing for my life. it's just fantastic. >> this morning overseas markets are
. congresswoman gabby giffords who was shot in the head over two years ago in an arizona parking lot briefly testified as did her husband, former space shuttle commander mark kelly talking about how there needs to be gun restrictions. kelly talking about how he is a gun owner. he and gabrielle giffords are both gun owners and believe in the second amendment and right to bear arms but there needs to be a conversation about gun violence. he talked about the need for better background checks in this country and eliminating restrictions on data. i want to bring in our chief congressional correspondent dana bash who is in the hearing room. one of the things we heard about a few minutes ago was about going after straw purchasers. could you explain to our viewers what exactly are straw purchasers and this is an area of legislation where there might be some accomplishment? >> reporter: if you listen to the line of questioning that the chairman patrick leahy is going through, you sort of see kind of the wheels churning and the outlines of potential legislation that he might be thinking it. it's all f
gabby giffords. >> they're going against the will of the majority of the people. >> exactly. i published an op-ed in the philadelphia inquirer a week ago and in it, i outlined three things we could do to make our streets safer and dry up illegally trafficked guns and i was braced actually for a barrage of angry e-mails from the people from the right and i got nothing but praise. >> look, i'm not -- >> people who describe themselves as -- excuse me. >> i'm not on principle -- >> thank you, thank you. from people who described themselves as right wing or gun nuts and they said they agreed with everything outlined and basically, it was threefold. background checks for all gun sales. increased accountability for gun dealers who are criminals and doing something to reduce purchasing in this country and they agreed with all three. >> so, first of all, the straw purchasing thing, this will lead to gun registration, that's the bottom line. because how do you track the guns? they have to be registered. that's really what this is about. >> register -- i mean, i don't understand. not going to do an
congresswoman gabby giffords on gun control. giffords spoke for just one minute on the issue and said too many children are dying and now is the time to pass gun legislation. wayne lapierre the nra vice president says the government should not dictate what people can lawfully own. >>> police in arizona are searching for the gunman who shot up an office building and killed one person. police say the 70-year-old suspect got into an argument with some people in that phoenix building when he pulled out the gun and started shooting. two other people were also critically hurt. >>> a top ranking democratic senator is being questioned about trips he took to the dominican republic. this week, federal agents removed dozens of boxes from the office of a prominent florida eye doctor, whose trips with senator robert menendez prompted an ethics complaint and the senator recently wrote a $58,000 check for two flights to the company owned by that doctor after questions arose about the trips. >>> a squatter who took up residence inside a multi-million dollar florida mansion must now get out. the eviction paper
. that's a cruel and dangerous lie. >> reporter: when arizona congresswoman gabby giffords was shot, lapierre said it happened not far from a school, a gun-free zone. once again, he lit into his foes. >> it didn't make any difference. their laws don't work. their lies don't ring true. and if tucson tells us anything at all, it tells us this. government failed. >> reporter: now even with newtown still close at hand, he says it is gun control advocates who are endangering america. >> we believe in our right to defend ourselves. and our families, with semiautomatic firearms technology. >> reporter: still, for all his bluster, lapierre has turned the nra into a political juggernaut, amassing more than four million members and pouring $16 million into political races last year alone. making politicians fear not only his bark but also his bite. erin? >> thanks to tom foreman. >>> still to come, controversy? what controversy? if you haven't heard about this, here goes. the question is are companies playing the race card and why are we falling for it. the ad of the super bowl. >>> later in
and gabby giffords. details on today's showdown on capitol hill. >>> the u.s. economy shrinks for the first time in more than three years and not again, baseball's alex rodriguez denies new doping allegations. >>> but we begin with a look at today's "eye opener" your world in 90 seconds. >> this front is going to bring a severe weather potential from the florida panhandle right through the atlanta area. >> severe storms rip through the south. >> a tornado tore through mississippi, two other twisters touched down in arkansas and missouri, large parts of the country are bracing for more. >>> today the senate will hold its first hearing on gun violence since the shoot newtown, connecticut. >> the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that assault weapons ban and background checks are not seriou
violence. gabby gifford's husband, mark kelly, is also expected to testify at the hearing. >>> in trenton, new jersey, authorities are touting the haul of weapons now off the streets thanks to a gun buyback program, bringing in 2600 hand guns. someone even turned in a rocket launcher. the state paid out $324,000 for the weapons, no questions asked. >>> a federal court is upholding san francisco's new nudity ban, so keep it under wraps. a judge ruled the ordinance does not violate first amendment rights. activists challenged the rule arguing the right to strip down is a freedom of expression. the ban covers public areas across san francisco and goes into effect friday. >>> a memento from mickey mantle's baseball career. a special ring has been found. just 536 so-called career rings were made, one for each of his home runs. the one in question belonged to his youngest son and it was stolen from his home in texas in 2007 and resurfaced at a pawnshop in flint, michigan. an appraiser figured it was stolen. the police followed a trail to a guy already in custody for stealing another valuable fr
, an impassioned gabby giffords helped him make the case, speaking before congress for the first time since a bullet shattered her skull two years ago. >> it will be hard. but the time is now. you must act. >> reporter: also testifying was the nra's wayne lapierre, who argued against new gun laws, including requiring background checks for all gun purchases. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> the president has not met with republicans like marco rubio to talk about his immigration plan. but he said in another interview last night, quote, i'm happy to meet with anybody, anytime, anywhere, to make sure this happens. george? >> he wants to move fast. jon karl, thanks very much. >>> let's go to josh elliott, for the other top stories. things heating up in the middle east. >>> there's serious escalation in an already tense region. this morning, israel's military on high alert, after launching an air strike in syria. targeting surface to air missiles that were apparently being sent on trucks to the military grou
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